Deputy Fire Chief - City of Orillia, Ontario
February 14, 2020

Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief - City of Orillia, Ontario - Closing Date: March 2, 2020

City of Orillia
Fire Department

Deputy Fire Chief

With a population of 32,000, Orillia is a sustainable and creative city that leverages its core strengths: a lively and historic downtown, exciting growth, and vibrant waterfronts along two lakes. Orillia offers an excellent quality of life with four-season recreation and cultural opportunities. Located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, Orillia is a great place to live, work and explore.
Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Corporation of the City of Orillia has an opening for a full-time position of Deputy Fire Chief. The Fire Department has two stations. The Suppression Division is comprised of 40 full-time and 20 volunteer fire fighters.  The Prevention Division includes one Chief Fire Prevention Officer and two Fire Prevention Officers.  The Communications Division is comprised of four full-time and three part-time communicators.
  • Manage and direct divisional operations using policies and standard operation guidelines to ensure personnel performance and morale levels are established and maintained, fire department policies and guidelines are followed, employees project a professional image, and operational readiness of divisions are maintained.
  • Lead and direct divisional personnel using corporate and departmental policies, collective agreement, operating guidelines and directives.
  • Manage and ensure adequate maintenance of fire service equipment, apparatus/vehicles and premises using relevant legislation.
  • Evaluate emergency operations by receiving and reviewing relevant information, ensuring a strategic plan is in place which can respond to changing conditions and that appropriate reports are provided as required.
  • Perform incident command as required at emergency operations by gathering pertinent information and developing the appropriate strategy assessing the staffing and apparatus requirements, requesting support from external agencies when required, assigning a safety officer and taking other actions to ensure a high degree of safety within the scope of the existing legislation.
  • Administer, manage and monitor capital and operating budgets, initiate payments and oversee capital initiatives.
  • Maintain labour-management relations by ensuring compliance with the collective agreement.
  • Ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation by participating as a management member of the joint health and safety committee.
  • Ensure compliance with fire code, building code and municipal by-laws by promoting and facilitating the application of codes, standards, regulations and by-laws.
  • Promote and facilitate public relations, public education and media relations activities.
  • Assist with assessing performance of fire service personnel using written, oral and practical assessment tools.
  • Alternate Emergency Management Coordinator. Work with the Fire Chief to coordinate with other agencies regarding disaster management, planning, training and response. Facilitate mock disaster planning sessions.
  • Assist with the coordination, development and delivery of fire service related training programs such as recruit training, officer development, emergency care, vehicle driver/operator training, fire suppression and technical training so that the continuity of training is maintained and fire service training goals and objectives are attained.
  • A degree from an accredited college or university in the study of fire science/technology, business administration or a related field.
  • 10 years of experience in a leadership role within the fire service in a unionized environment.
  • NFPA Fire Officer III would be an asset.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of fire fighting activities, fire prevention regulations, fire science technologies, and emergency management planning.
  • Knowledge of related legislation/regulations, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Ontario Fire Marshal/National Fire Protection Association standards/ guidelines, Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Section 21 Guidance Notes (Fire), Ontario Fire Code, and Ontario Building Code.
  • NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator would be an asset.
  • Background in Hazmat, Multi Gas Detection, Emergency Medical Responder/First Aid instruction and CSA Z94 FIT testing an asset.
  • Possess current First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, organizational, analytical, coaching, time management, strategic planning and supervisory skills.
  • Strong computer skills using MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, e-mail and the internet.
  • Attendance at meetings held in the evening and/or weekend, as required.
  • Required to be on-call 24 hours a day on a weekly rotation with the Fire Chief. Must live within 45 minutes for on-call purposes.
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check is required for this position prior to the commencement date, at the incumbent’s expense.

Compensation for this position is Category 9 of the Exempt Staff Salary Grid $115,945 to $135,641, plus a comprehensive benefits package. Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume (MS Word or PDF Format) in confidence by March 2, 2020 at noon to:

Lori Bolton, CHRL,
Director of Human Resources,
City of Orillia,
50 Andrew St. South, Suite 300,
Orillia, ON  L3V 7T5
Fax : 325-5904


Note: The City of Orillia is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free environment. Accommodation will be provided in all steps of the hiring process. Please advise the City of Orillia Human Resources Department if you require any accommodations to ensure you can participate fully and equally during the recruitment and selection process. We thank all applicants that apply and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act 2001,S.O. 2001, c. 25., and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Freedom of Information Coordinator, City of Orillia, 50 Andrew St. S., Orillia ON L3V 7T5.



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